Mayor Eric Adams is already proving himself a breath of fresh air, hitting all the right notes in his first few days.
After biking to work on his second day in office — already a huge shift from Mayor SUV-to-the-gym — he moved to allay parents’ concerns that the Omicron variant surge would keep their kids out of school.
“Fear not,” Adams said, “I am keeping my schools open,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” detailing the shortcomings of remote education. “I am keeping my schools open, and we want to make sure [kids] are going to be in a safe place.”
He’s not just standing up on schools: He’s also facing facts on crime. He’s not only defended the practice of “smart” stop-and-frisk tactics, he’s also sticking to his vow to reinstate undercover anti-gun units.
Richard Aborn, the impeccably liberal president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, said the recent record number of gun arrests by other undercover units is proof that similar patrols can be out on the streets without causing the controversy the old anti-crime unit caused.
In answer to the disorder in the city’s jails, Adams is also defending careful use of punitive segregation despite whining from City Council members about solitary confinement. “You cannot be an inmate, sexually assault a correction officer or another inmate, and then stay in general population,” the mayor said on MSNBC. “Punitive segregation is a human way of removing dangerous inmates to a location where they can get the services they need, so they can stop preying on other inmates, staff and preying on society.”
He even dared diss the bill to grant green card holders the right to vote in local elections, noting the lunacy of allowing it after just 30 days’ residency.
And don’t discount Adams’ refreshing vow to restore New York’s swagger: “We’ve allowed people to beat us down so much that all we did was wallow in COVID,” forgetting that “this is a city of resiliency.”
Keep it up, Mr. Mayor.
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